The USGBC ENC Region's Leadership Awards Program recognizes exceptional green buildings in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. A virtual awards ceremony recently celebrated the outstanding achievements in sustainable design and construction. Schmidt Associates emerged as the winner by showcasing their innovative use of modern technologies and strategies to overcome project challenges while pushing the boundaries of green design.
The award-winning project, the Indianapolis Public Library West Perry Branch, exemplifies Schmidt Associates' commitment to sustainability. Completed in 2021, this LEED-Gold certified building is a collaboration between Schmidt Associates and HBM Architects, based in Cleveland, Ohio. With a budget of $9.2 million and spanning 24,000 square feet, the West Perry Branch serves a growing middle-class population, as well as Burmese and Spanish-speaking patrons.
The library's architectural design has environmentally friendly features, including electronic access control, smart and energy-efficient appliances, wood ceilings that enhance visual pathways, and an underfloor air distribution system for increased occupant comfort. A white TPO roof with Solar Photovoltaic panels and an exterior sun shading screen lighten the load on the mechanical system.
Abundant windows throughout the building provide natural daylight and views of the surrounding riparian woodland. The interior features natural and recycled materials, such as textured green carpeting reminiscent of grass and restroom tiles with an organic pattern. Visitors can also enjoy the presence of natural wood furniture resembling tree stumps in the main lobby and children's area.
"Together with HBM Architects, we are honored and thrilled to receive this recognition," said Sarah Hempstead, AIA, LEED AP, CEO and Principal of Schmidt Associates. "We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our dedicated project teams for their countless hours in fulfilling the owners' vision, and we thank our valued owners for entrusting us with this remarkable project. Through collaboration, innovation, and shared goals, we have succeeded in creating an extraordinary community asset for Indianapolis' southside."